John 21:18 NKJ “Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.”
Most Bible scholars would agree that Jesus was predicting to his disciples what would happen to them for following Him. However the statement also seems appropriate for what happens to all of us when we get older. As Ann Landers predicted one thing assuredly is home invasion. I know this has happened to me as when I shave in the morning some old guy hops in front of the mirror and mocks me. Also when I lay aside a pen or glasses for a minute sure enough they get moved. My wife claims that old geezer must have brought his wife with him as the same happens to her.
I find that whenever I speak to groups I have to assure them that I am happy to be with them. At my age I am happy to be anywhere. One of the first things I read in the newspaper every morning is the obituary page. If I am not listed I know it will be a good day. Actually I have to read that page as family members of old friends sometimes forget who all they need to contact. And while that may seem depressingly sad, at the same time I believe in God and there is a Heaven and that we will be joyfully reunited. In the meantime…
The interesting thing about aging is that when you follow the news you have stored memories of the past that pretty much negates the whining of the trump haters. And some of these whiners expect those of us in an older generation to have forgotten what has happened in the history of presidents. There are several cases in point.
Why all the concern about the president tweeting? I don’t myself, though I am a Facebook user. I remember the World War Two years when whether Republican or Democrat we gathered around the radio to listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous Fireside Chats. I would be too young to recall if he did this during the Great Depression years, but I do know that during the war we seemed more united than we have any time since. And there talking to us on the radio as though his words were aimed at us, and us alone, came the calm voice of the leader of the free world assuring us that things were going well and that everything would be alright. It was a father image that, though today I oppose most of his social policies, remains very much with me.
Were FDR alive I am sure he would tweet as well as use other social media. President Ronald Reagan must have learned from this as when Democrats in Congress tried to block him, The Gipper went over their heads by talking to the people on TV.
Why is Stormy Daniels the heroine of the Left? No excusing here of private citizen Donald Trump if he really had such an affair. Certainly a book written before the 1952 presidential election could have sunk World War Two hero General Dwight D. Eisenhower. The book was by Kay Summersby who served as General Eisenhower’s chauffeur and private secretary in England. There was an alleged affair and some of her commentary led people to think something was going on. My mother was shocked by one story of Kay finding a rat in her room and her screaming that brought the general in first, in pajamas, with a gun. He killed the rat and departed. The question was why the two bedrooms were so close to each other. Pure speculation and this writer had the pleasure of seeing President Eisenhower holding hands with his wife Mamie during the 1956 lighting of the White House Christmas tree.
No point in even covering here those champions of sexual excess while president John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton. The left doesn’t mention them either.
Now we also hear a great deal about President Trump having chaos with changing staff and cabinet members around. Obviously the liberal media and Democrats too have never been around major business leaders and the way things are done by them. This old teacher came from a family of businessmen, admittedly small business, however there is a definite difference in thinking. We did not elect a man who would be a part the Washington establishment, who would bow to “well, this is they way it has always been done.”
Harry Truman was constantly in trouble during his later years as president with people in his administration receiving gifts of kitchen utilities and mink coats. People he stayed loyal to, to the end. Yes, we do want a president who cares about people and who knows the importance of loyalty, but we also want a president who puts us first. That is his business responsibility,
Finally I have to mention here the snowflakes who consider the president rude and hurtful. This is something written about before. People without a knowledge of history forget that we have had presidents like Andrew Jackson willing to fight duels and beat opponents over the head with his cane if there was disagreements. Theodore Roosevelt had no problem giving tongue lashings using words his own mother would have slapped him for. Harry Truman publicly attacked critics of daughter Margaret’s planned music career. (It must be added here that Margaret did become a successful mystery writer.)
Most famous perhaps is Lyndon Johnson. While president he took his wars with the media to a personal level. LBJ was noted for phoning reporters and TV anchormen to lace them out for stories he did not like.
President Donald Trump is doing the job we elected him for and to this old guy it seems like he is being hit with a lot of petty things that are designed to keep him from his main goal of making our nation great again. It also makes me wonder if many of these news people and Democrats need some American History 101. I’d come out of retirement to help with that.
There are many of us seniors who resent progressive liberals thinking they can gird us and carry us any where they desire to make us think and act as they do. We’re not going to let it happen.